Our goal is to ensure you have an incredible experience. Our fleet can handle any event.
2017 Ford Transit HD: Meet Big Bertha. She's your everyday friendly giant offering comfortable seating for 14 people with room for luggage. She's perfect for the Sea to Sky Brewery tour especially when you have luggage. Did we mention she has Sirius Satellite radio?
2015 Ford Transit: Meet Wine-o. Premium seating, and everything you would come to expect with from a limo but in a shuttle van. This 14 passenger plus driver vehicle is smooth driving and will ensure your time spent in the shuttle exceeds your expectations.
2017 Ford Transit: Meet our newest addition to the Canadian Craft fleet. Ideal for longer trips, this bus seats 14 passengers plus driver. With a full sized extra step and extra high roof you'll enjoy this extra bit of luxury.
2013 Ford Econoline: Meet "Persephone". When we went to name her we had 2-3 great names that had to do with her being new, hip and reliable. Michelle then told us that her Kelowna Beer/Wine bus's name was Persephone and that was the end of the naming process. This Ford Econoline will ensure your comfort for the entire tour and seats a group of 14+driver.
Ford Econoline: Meet "Black Betty". This 14 passenger + driver has side rails to make climbing in and out much easier. Our Econoline has plenty of power and has been well taken care of. With plenty of room to store your wine/spirits or other beverages you purchased along the way there is no tour this van can not run. **Beer to be stored, not drank on the bus. In BC it is illegal to drink in a vehicle regardless of passenger capacity. Black Betty gets passed around to cover tours when we are overbooked, so if you see her it's your lucky day! It means that instead of canceling your tour we sent Black Betty to rescue the day!
So 3 Vancouverites walk into a bar….
The first is sustainably riding a bike home from downtown on one of Vancouver’s many bike routes, the second is on stop #2 of their brewery tour, and the third is talking about how great Vancouver used to be before real estate prices caused great live music venues like The Railway Club to close down.
This isn’t a joke, you’ve just stumbled upon one of the hidden gems in the East Vancouver brewery district. You’re on the bike path of Adanac Street, home to Off The Rail brewing.
Started by Steve Forsyth (whose family used to own and manage The Railway Club), this brewery has only been around for a couple years, but has already made a name for itself.
As you approach the brewery, you know you’re in the right place based on the hops climbing the many trellis’ adorning the sides of the brewery. You then climb the stairs where you’re usually met with a door man who is studiously counting the number of occupants. This brewery is definitely on the cozy side of things, so the occupant count needs to be spot on.
Those lucky enough to be on a brewery tour will be escorted to the right where a behind the scenes tour, a private room and flights await. Those here for a quick sample or a growler fill will wait for the doorman’s approval and then head left into the general tasting room.
As you stare at the board of 15+ beers in the tasting room, you think you’ll never be able to make up your mind. The realization that only 1/3 of these beers are actually available at any one time is actually a welcome help in narrowing down your decision. The check marks on the board help you know what is in season, and what is available for growler fills. An additional benefit of this chalk board is that Off The Rail is very open with the hop bill for each beer, and lists the included hops for each one. This is a great way to hone in on the specific attributes certain hops bring to each beer (as well as a great excuse to try multiple different beers, for those needing their rubber arm twisted).
The best example of their precise hop usage is in their mainstay “Czechmate Pilsner”. As the name suggests this is a classic Czech Style Pilsner which is already a perfect showcase for the Saaz hop. Off The Rail sticks to the tried and true by using this classic noble hop in this classic recipe. A good pilsner is more known for what it doesn’t have than what it does, and this Pilsner is exceptionally clean. The mild pilsner malt, and slightly herbal Saaz hop flavors are all you taste in this medium bodied beer, which is a very good thing. Highly drinkable, and great for a hot summer day once you complete your bike ride home down Adanac Street.
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